GPS: 46.95443, -119.98816
When using GPS coordinates to navigate to locations in the backcountry sites like Google will often make mistakes. Please watch this video before venturing out. https://youtu.be/hQr1l7dnCE4
Date Visited: November 2019 & May 2022
Additional comments: You need a Discover Pass to visit this location. This is a fun location that isn’t far from I-90 and the visitor center is well worth the visit when open. Just outside of the park entrance there is also a rock shop if you feel like buying something but we have never gone in.
Any Location Updates Since Visit: The Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center has some odd hours so you should check their website before going.
Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center
The interpretive center has an impressive display of rocks inside which is mostly composed of identified petrified woods but they also have other local rocks as well such as some Ellensburg Blue agates. The Ellensburg Blue agate display is quite nice and useful to stop and look at if you want to hunt for these so that you can familiarize with how they look.
Taking photos and video through glasses cases with poor lighting isn’t ideal but it should be enough to tempt you to make the stop here.